TikTok will sue Trump over executive order banning Chinese app from US

TikTok is reportedly planning to sue the Trump administration over the president’s executive order banning the Chinese app from the US.  

The video-sharing service is prepared to file a federal lawsuit as early as Tuesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, NPR reported Saturday, citing an unnamed source who was directly involved in the forthcoming litigation.   

The outlet said TikTok will argue that Donald Trump’s ban is unconstitutional because it did not give the company an opportunity to respond, and that the national security justification given for the order is baseless.  

‘It’s based on pure speculation and conjecture,’ the source said. ‘The order has no findings of fact, just reiterates rhetoric about China that has been kicking around.’

The White House declined to comment on the expected legal battle when approached for comment by NPR. 

However, spokesman Judd Deere did defend Trump’s order, saying: ‘The Administration is committed to protecting the American people from all cyber related threats to critical infrastructure, public health and safety, and our economic and national security.’ 

TikTok is reportedly planning to sue the Trump administration over the president’s executive order banning the Chinese app from the US (file photo) 

Trump on Thursday night issued his executive order banning TikTok in the US and giving its parent company ByteDance 45 days to sell the app.  

The order claims that TikTok ‘may also be used for disinformation campaigns that benefit the Chinese Communist Party,’ and specifically cites TikTok videos that ‘spread debunked conspiracy theories about the origins of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus’. 

It also states that the company ‘reportedly censors content that the Chinese Communist Party deems politically sensitive, such as content concerning protests in Hong Kong and China’s treatment of Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities’.

‘The United States must take aggressive action against the owners of TikTok to protect our national security,’ it adds. 

Along with the executive order, Trump sent a letter to the House speaker and Senate president explaining the move.

The letter states that TikTok ‘automatically captures vast swaths of information from its users’.

‘This data collection threatens to allow the Chinese Communist Party access to Americans’ personal and proprietary information – potentially allowing China to track the locations of Federal employees and contractors, build dossiers of personal information for blackmail, and conduct corporate espionage,’ it continued. 

TikTok is expected to argue that President Donald Trump's executive order banning the app in the US is unconstitutional because the company was not given an opportunity to respond

TikTok is expected to argue that President Donald Trump’s executive order banning the app in the US is unconstitutional because the company was not given an opportunity to respond

In a statement TikTok vowed to ‘pursue all remedies available to us in order to ensure… our company and our users are treated fairly – if not by the Administration, then by the US courts’. 

Amid growing security and privacy concerns about the TikTok’s Chinese ownership, Microsoft has reportedly been in talks to acquire TikTok in a firesale, and Trump’s order only increases pressure on ByteDance to get the deal done quickly.

Any company still doing business with ByteDance in 45 days will be subject to sanctions, Trump said. If a sale does not go through before the September 20 deadline, the order would effectively bar the use of TikTok throughout the US.

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TikTok’s catchy videos and ease of use has made it popular, and it says it has tens of millions of users in the U.S. and hundreds of millions globally. 

Its parent company, ByteDance acquired Shanghai-based video app Musical.ly in a $1 billion deal in 2017 and relaunched it as TikTok the following year. 

In its statement, $1.5 trillion company Microsoft said it may invite other American investors to participate on a minority basis in the purchase of TikTok. Financial terms were undisclosed.

ByteDance was valued at as much as $140 billion earlier this year.  

Any deal with Microsoft to buy TikTok could be worth billions of dollars. It could also expose the company, which already owns Xbox, LinkedIn and Skype, to tech savvy teens.

In a separate executive order, Trump issued a similar ban on the Chinese-owned messaging service WeChat, accusing the app of funneling personal information to the Chinese Communist Party. 

Coming days after the US ordered China to vacate its consulate in Houston, the executive orders threatened to trigger retaliatory action by Beijing, stoking fears that a ‘Silicon Curtain’ is descending between the two superpowers. 

Beijing slammed the orders as ‘arbitrary political manipulation and suppression’ and said it would come at the expense of American users and companies. 

ByteDance has denied that it shares data with the Chinese government, and Chinese state media blasted the US response to TikTok as ‘madness’.

Under a Chinese law introduced in 2017, companies there have an obligation to support and cooperate with the country’s national intelligence work.  

On Thursday, the US Senate unanimously voted to approve a bill banning federal employees from using TikTok on government-issued devices.

‘I’m encouraged by the bipartisan support we have seen in this body to hold the Chinese Communist Party accountable and that includes … holding accountable those corporations who would just do China’s bidding,’ Senator Josh Hawley, who sponsored the bill, said in a statement.

‘And, if I have anything to say about it, we won’t be stopping here,’ the Republican senator added.

Last month, the House of Representatives voted to bar federal employees from downloading the app on government-issued devices as part of a proposal offered by Representative Ken Buck.

A finalized version of the bill, combining the House and Senate versions, would need Trump’s approval to become law.

Meanwhile, Microsoft has expanded its talks on TikTok to a potential deal that would include buying the global operations of the fast-growing video-sharing app, the Financial Times reported Thursday.

Microsoft declined to comment on the report, after previously disclosing it was considering a deal for TikTok operations in the US, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.

According to the report, Microsoft has shifted its view because of the complexities of splitting the app and making it operable globally. TikTok operates in 150 countries. 

TikTok will sue Trump over executive order banning Chinese app from US

BREAKING: TikTok will sue Trump over his executive order banning the Chinese app from the US, insider says – claiming it is unconstitutional and based on ‘pure speculation and conjecture’

  • TikTok is prepared to file a federal lawsuit against the Trump administration as early as Tuesday, NPR reported Saturday
  • A source said TikTok will argue that Trump’s executive order banning the app is unconstitutional because it did not give the company an opportunity to respond 
  • The Chinese-owned company also claims that the national security justification given for the order is baseless 

TikTok is reportedly planning to sue the Trump administration over the president’s executive order banning the Chinese app from the US.  

The video-sharing service is prepared to file a federal lawsuit as early as Tuesday in the US District Court for the Southern District of California, NPR reported Saturday, citing an unnamed source who was directly involved in the forthcoming litigation.   

The outlet said TikTok will argue that Donald Trump’s ban is unconstitutional because it did not give the company an opportunity to respond, and that the national security justification given for the order is baseless.  

‘It’s based on pure speculation and conjecture,’ the source said. ‘The order has no findings of fact, just reiterates rhetoric about China that has been kicking around.’

The White House declined to comment on the expected legal battle when approached for comment by NPR. 

However, spokesman Judd Deere did defend Trump’s order, saying: ‘The Administration is committed to protecting the American people from all cyber related threats to critical infrastructure, public health and safety, and our economic and national security.’ 

This is a developing story.  

TikTok is reportedly planning to sue the Trump administration over the president’s executive order banning the Chinese app from the US (file photo) 

Andrew Morton says Meghan Markle might be frustrated she hasn’t been able to answer back to claims

Lady Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton has claimed that Meghan Markle may have felt frustrated by the fact she could not speak for herself. 

Speaking during Channel 5 documentary, Harry and Meghan: The New revelations, which airs tonight at 9pm, the royal author, most famous for writing Diana: Her True Story, reveals how he feels for ‘poor’ Meghan, who had wanted to do her best when she joined the royal family. 

The documentary takes a deep dive into upcoming book Finding Freedom, and focuses on the events which led to Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down as senior royals and to move to the US. 

It follows the couple’s trajectory from their engagement to their first year of marriage, strained relationships with the press and rumours of a rift with The Firm.

Commenting on the Duchess of Sussex’s first steps as a royal, Morton claims opinionated 21st-century woman Meghan was bound to struggle to adapt to the ‘say nothing’ royal rule of thumb – adding that Finding Freedom was her chance to set the record straight. 

Channel 5 documentary, Harry and Meghan: The New revelations, which airs tonight at 9pm, dives into the claims of upcoming book Finding Freedom, which gives the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s perspective on the lead up to Megxit (pictured in London on March 5)

While both the authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex themselves have denied any royal involvement, some have argued Harry and Meghan are behind some of the most telling quotes in the bombshell book. 

Morton goes on to say that he believes Finding Freedom was Meghan’s way of trying to express how she approached the royal family and ‘how she was dismayed by the easy criticism of everything that she was trying to do.’ 

‘She’s been frustrated by the fact that she’s not been able to give her side of the story,’ he explains. 

‘All kinds of stories have come out about her, and she’s not been able to answer back, and it’s something she’s found immensely frustrating.’

Andrew Morton (pictured) attends the press night after party for 'The Diana Tapes' at the Stockwell Playhouse on June 26, 2018 in London

Andrew Morton (pictured) attends the press night after party for ‘The Diana Tapes’ at the Stockwell Playhouse on June 26, 2018 in London

Morton adds that Prince Harry’s apparent hostility for the media, and especially for tabloids and paparazzi, has only grown stronger over the years. 

The documentary touches on the fact that Meghan, being an active, outspoken feminist and wanting to speak on different political issues, was going to experience a ‘culture clash’ with the traditional – and white – royal family. 

Morton also says he feels that modern woman Meghan wanted to do her best when she moved to the UK to be with Harry. 

‘I feel for this poor girl, I mean, she came into this country, parachuted in,’ he explains. ‘She’s marrying into a very difficult family, that everybody finds difficult to come into.

‘And she’s someone who didn’t know an awful lot about British history, British culture and as she said herself ‘she’s gonna hit the ground running’.

‘And she hit the ground running, but she found she came up against a brick wall.’

Morton says Meghan Markle wanted to do her best in the early days of her engagement to Harry in 2017. Pictured, announcing their engagement at Kensington Palace in London on 27 November 2017

Morton says Meghan Markle wanted to do her best in the early days of her engagement to Harry in 2017. Pictured, announcing their engagement at Kensington Palace in London on 27 November 2017

Looking back at Meghan’s first engagement with the Queen, which took place at Merseyside in 2018, Morton says Meghan ‘was trying her best’ but had no idea how to behave. 

‘She didn’t know the protocol, she didn’t know the etiquette. I’ll give you a perfect example,’ he explains. ‘She went up to Liverpool with the Queen, and she’s sitting on the chairs and it’s a windy day.

‘She doesn’t know what side of the car to get into,to get out of, what hand to hold her handbag in, and you can see that kind of confusion in her face.’

‘Meghan, even though she’s an actress, has had to swap the red carpet for the royal road show.’

Lady Colin Campbell, who wrote Meghan and Harry, the real story, does not share Morton’s sentiment and says the duchess was too American to fit in with the royal.

‘Meghan has very American expectations, she is all about confidence, go-getting, hustling, and all of those Hollywood things that she has been brought up to regard as desirable,’ she explains.

Harry and Meghan: The New Revelations airs on Saturday at 9pm on Channel 5.

Andrew Morton says Meghan Markle might be frustrated she hasn’t been able to answer back to claims

Lady Diana’s biographer Andrew Morton has claimed that Meghan Markle may have felt frustrated by the fact she could not speak for herself. 

Speaking during Channel 5 documentary, Harry and Meghan: The New revelations, which airs tonight at 9pm, the royal author, most famous for writing Diana: Her True Story, reveals how he feels for ‘poor’ Meghan, who had wanted to do her best when she joined the royal family. 

The documentary takes a deep dive into upcoming book Finding Freedom, and focuses on the events which led to Prince Harry and Meghan’s decision to step down as senior royals and to move to the US. 

It follows the couple’s trajectory from their engagement to their first year of marriage, strained relationships with the press and rumours of a rift with The Firm.

Commenting on the Duchess of Sussex’s first steps as a royal, Morton claims opinionated 21st-century woman Meghan was bound to struggle to adapt to the ‘say nothing’ royal rule of thumb – adding that Finding Freedom was her chance to set the record straight. 

Channel 5 documentary, Harry and Meghan: The New revelations, which airs tonight at 9pm, dives into the claims of upcoming book Finding Freedom, which gives the Duke and Duchess of Sussex’s perspective on the lead up to Megxit (pictured in London on March 5)

While both the authors Omid Scobie and Carolyn Durand, as well as the Duke and Duchess of Sussex themselves have denied any royal involvement, some have argued Harry and Meghan are behind some of the most telling quotes in the bombshell book. 

Morton goes on to say that he believes Finding Freedom was Meghan’s way of trying to express how she approached the royal family and ‘how she was dismayed by the easy criticism of everything that she was trying to do.’ 

‘She’s been frustrated by the fact that she’s not been able to give her side of the story,’ he explains. 

‘All kinds of stories have come out about her, and she’s not been able to answer back, and it’s something she’s found immensely frustrating.’

Andrew Morton (pictured) attends the press night after party for 'The Diana Tapes' at the Stockwell Playhouse on June 26, 2018 in London

Andrew Morton (pictured) attends the press night after party for ‘The Diana Tapes’ at the Stockwell Playhouse on June 26, 2018 in London

Morton adds that Prince Harry’s apparent hostility for the media, and especially for tabloids and paparazzi, has only grown stronger over the years. 

The documentary touches on the fact that Meghan, being an active, outspoken feminist and wanting to speak on different political issues, was going to experience a ‘culture clash’ with the traditional – and white – royal family. 

Morton also says he feels that modern woman Meghan wanted to do her best when she moved to the UK to be with Harry. 

‘I feel for this poor girl, I mean, she came into this country, parachuted in,’ he explains. ‘She’s marrying into a very difficult family, that everybody finds difficult to come into.

‘And she’s someone who didn’t know an awful lot about British history, British culture and as she said herself ‘she’s gonna hit the ground running’.

‘And she hit the ground running, but she found she came up against a brick wall.’

Morton says Meghan Markle wanted to do her best in the early days of her engagement to Harry in 2017. Pictured, announcing their engagement at Kensington Palace in London on 27 November 2017

Morton says Meghan Markle wanted to do her best in the early days of her engagement to Harry in 2017. Pictured, announcing their engagement at Kensington Palace in London on 27 November 2017

Looking back at Meghan’s first engagement with the Queen, which took place at Merseyside in 2018, Morton says Meghan ‘was trying her best’ but had no idea how to behave. 

‘She didn’t know the protocol, she didn’t know the etiquette. I’ll give you a perfect example,’ he explains. ‘She went up to Liverpool with the Queen, and she’s sitting on the chairs and it’s a windy day.

‘She doesn’t know what side of the car to get into,to get out of, what hand to hold her handbag in, and you can see that kind of confusion in her face.’

‘Meghan, even though she’s an actress, has had to swap the red carpet for the royal road show.’

Lady Colin Campbell, who wrote Meghan and Harry, the real story, does not share Morton’s sentiment and says the duchess was too American to fit in with the royal.

‘Meghan has very American expectations, she is all about confidence, go-getting, hustling, and all of those Hollywood things that she has been brought up to regard as desirable,’ she explains.

Harry and Meghan: The New Revelations airs on Saturday at 9pm on Channel 5.

April Love Geary puts on leggy display in black babydoll dress for grocery shopping in Malibu

April Love Geary puts on a leggy display in black babydoll dress as she goes grocery shopping in Malibu during break from quarantine

April Love Geary has been taking the global COVID-19 pandemic seriously, advocating for social distancing.

But the California girl has also been enjoying some quality downtime, as she isolates with her family.

She put on a leggy display Thursday in a black babydoll dress, as she stocked up on groceries for her brood at Vintage Grocers in Malibu, during a break from quarantine.

Leggy display: April Love Geary put on a leggy display Thursday in a black babydoll dress, as she stocked up on groceries for her brood at Vintage Grocers in Malibu

The 25-year-old complemented the look with a black leather YSL purse and some braided sandals with a black strap.

She took precautions against coronavirus in an orange floral face mask, while picking up some drinks at Starbucks.

Geary has been using her platform to advocate for social distancing, calling out anti-lockdown protesters back in May in her hometown of Huntington Beach.

She said on Instagram Live: ‘I’m so embarrassed to be from Huntington Beach right now, because of all the f***ing protests going on Main Street. 

Accessorizing: The 25-year-old complemented the look with a black leather YSL purse and some braided sandals with a black strap

Accessorizing: The 25-year-old complemented the look with a black leather YSL purse and some braided sandals with a black strap

Caffeine fix: She took precautions against coronavirus in an orange floral face mask, while picking up some drinks at Starbucks

Caffeine fix: She took precautions against coronavirus in an orange floral face mask, while picking up some drinks at Starbucks

Stay home: Geary has been using her platform to advocate for social distancing, calling out anti-lockdown protesters back in May in her hometown of Huntington Beach

Stay home: Geary has been using her platform to advocate for social distancing, calling out anti-lockdown protesters back in May in her hometown of Huntington Beach

Family time: She's been spending quarantine with fiancé Robin Thicke, 43, and their daughters Mia Love, two, and Lola Alain, one

Family time: She’s been spending quarantine with fiancé Robin Thicke, 43, and their daughters Mia Love, two, and Lola Alain, one

‘Half of you old a**, privileged a** white people don’t even go to the beach! It’s the most white privilege bullsh*t to protest, because you can’t go to the beach!’

The model continued of their white privilege: ‘There are black people because killed and shot for nothing.’

She’s been spending quarantine with fiancé Robin Thicke, 43, and their daughters Mia Love, two, and Lola Alain, one.  

Thicke told Extra in May: ‘I will never regret getting extra time with my kids. I am making the most of it.’

Geary took to Instagram last weekend, as they enjoyed a family picnic on the grounds of their old Malibu home, which burned down in November of 2018 during the Woolsey Fire.

Home sweet home: Geary took to Instagram last weekend, as they enjoyed a family picnic on the grounds of their old Malibu home, which burned down in November of 2018 during the Woolsey Fire

Home sweet home: Geary took to Instagram last weekend, as they enjoyed a family picnic on the grounds of their old Malibu home, which burned down in November of 2018 during the Woolsey Fire

Teddi Mellencamp wears leggings on morning Beverly Hills jog

Teddi Mellencamp won’t let a global pandemic get in the way of maintaining her slender figure. 

The 39-year-old Real Housewives Of Beverly Hill star showed off her athletic frame on a morning jog through Beverly Hills  on Thursday morning.

She donned a pair of clinging grey and black full-length leggings with a white tank top, patterned sports bra and a pair of Nike React Presto sneakers.

Cardio sesh: Teddi Mellencamp showed off her athletic frame on a morning jog through Beverly Hills on Thursday morning

Teddi is seemingly not a fan of a face mask restricting breathing despite the COVID-19 pandemic as she wore it over her face instead of her nose and mouth.

The reality star also accessorized with a white baseball cap and Apple Airpods in her ears as she gripped onto her iPhone during the run

Her signature blonde locks were pulled back into a ponytail as she showed off her natural looks by going make-up free. 

Taking it in stride: The 39-year-old Real Housewives Of Beverly Hill star onned a pair of clinging grey and black full-length leggings with a white tank top, patterned sports bra and a pair of Nike React Presto sneakers

Taking it in stride: The 39-year-old Real Housewives Of Beverly Hill star onned a pair of clinging grey and black full-length leggings with a white tank top, patterned sports bra and a pair of Nike React Presto sneakers

Fresh air: Teddi is seemingly not a fan of a face mask restricting breathing despite the COVID-19 pandemic as she wore it over her face instead of her nose and mouth

Fresh air: Teddi is seemingly not a fan of a face mask restricting breathing despite the COVID-19 pandemic as she wore it over her face instead of her nose and mouth

Earlier this week the star blasted the year 2020 as she  revealed she had to take her son Cruz to the hospital after he broke his thumb.

She documented the trip on Instagram stories, just days after her five-month-old daughter Dove underwent neurosurgery to correct a skull condition, and weeks after her daughter Slate cut off the tip of her finger.

Teddi filmed Cruz, five in a hospital room as he showed off his broken thumb, which looked a bit swollen and had a dark crescent-shaped bruise just below the knuckle. 

Ouch! Earlier this week the star blasted the year 2020 as she revealed she had to take her son Cruz to the hospital after he broke his thumb

Ouch! Earlier this week the star blasted the year 2020 as she revealed she had to take her son Cruz to the hospital after he broke his thumb

‘Please explain to me how you’re with daddy, you go on a bike ride, you fall down and you break your thumb, and now you have to get a cast. How does this happen?’ Teddi inquired sternly as her son replied, ‘Uh….’

‘2020, enough!’ she said exasperatedly as she moved in for a closeup of the break.

She also tagged her husband Edwin Arroyave as if to shame him for letting Cruz get hurt. 

No response: 'Please explain to me how you're with daddy, you go on a bike ride, you fall down and you break your thumb, and now you have to get a cast. How does this happen?' Teddi inquired sternly as her son replied, 'Uh....'

No response: ‘Please explain to me how you’re with daddy, you go on a bike ride, you fall down and you break your thumb, and now you have to get a cast. How does this happen?’ Teddi inquired sternly as her son replied, ‘Uh….’

Light mood: A medical professional arrived to put the neon green cast on Cruz's arm. To make it stick properly he had to rub his hands over it as if he was starting a fire, which got a laugh out of the boy

Light mood: A medical professional arrived to put the neon green cast on Cruz’s arm. To make it stick properly he had to rub his hands over it as if he was starting a fire, which got a laugh out of the boy

In the next clip, a medical professional arrived to put the neon green cast on Cruz’s arm. In order to make it stick properly he had to rub his hands over it as if he was starting a fire, which got a laugh out of the boy.

‘I have to, because then a genie will come out,’ joked the doctor, though Cruz didn’t get the Aladdin reference. 

Despite the injury, Teddi’s son didn’t seem to be in much pain, and he looked happy to show off all the messages he got on his cast in its first few hours.

‘Chow [Cruz’s nickname] has superpowers,’ wrote his sister Slate, while someone else wrote a joking, ‘Thumbs up.’

Teddi checked in on Cruz from Slate’s room, where she had a cardboard cutout of her RHOBH costar Kyle Richards sitting in the suspended pod chair.

‘I don’t mean to rush you or anything, but do you think we should move Kyle somewhere else or send Kyle to Kyle’s?’ she joked, but her daughter wanted to keep her just where she was. 

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Popular: Despite the injury, Teddi’s son didn’t seem to be in much pain, and he looked happy to show off all the messages he got on his cast in its first few hours

Inked up: 'Chow [Cruz's nickname] has superpowers,' wrote his sister Slate, while someone else wrote a joking, 'Thumbs up'

Inked up: ‘Chow [Cruz’s nickname] has superpowers,’ wrote his sister Slate, while someone else wrote a joking, ‘Thumbs up’

Odd decoration: Teddi checked in on Cruz from Slate's room, where she had a cardboard cutout of her RHOBH costar Kyle Richards sitting in the suspended pod chair

Odd decoration: Teddi checked in on Cruz from Slate’s room, where she had a cardboard cutout of her RHOBH costar Kyle Richards sitting in the suspended pod chair

Big fan: 'I don't mean to rush you or anything, but do you think we should move Kyle somewhere else or send Kyle to Kyle's?' she joked, but her daughter wanted to keep her

Big fan: ‘I don’t mean to rush you or anything, but do you think we should move Kyle somewhere else or send Kyle to Kyle’s?’ she joked, but her daughter wanted to keep her

Teddi was feeling understandably burned out following a series of medical issues suffered by her children.

The most serious was her baby daughter Dove’s case of lambdoid craniosynostosis, which required surgery.

The condition occurs when the skulls plates, which are only loosely connected in babies, fuse together too early.

Earlier this week, Dove underwent a successful surgery to repair the condition.

‘It’s crazy how resilient kids are,’ Teddi caption a short black and white video from Sunday featuring the baby. ‘Dove is going into Day 4 post neurosurgery with both eyes open. The swelling went down, she passed all her markers and we have been sent home much earlier than expected. I am so grateful for so many things and feeling really blessed. We love you so much baby Dove and know you are going to live whatever life you dream of.’

She also posted a cute video of Dove to her Instagram Stories in which her head was wrapped in bandages, but she seemed responsive and happy. 

Recuperating: Teddi was feeling understandably burned out after her baby daughter Dove's case of lambdoid craniosynostosis, which required surgery last week

Recuperating: Teddi was feeling understandably burned out after her baby daughter Dove’s case of lambdoid craniosynostosis, which required surgery last week

Misshapen skull: The condition occurs when the skulls plates, which are only loosely connected in babies, fuse together too early

Misshapen skull: The condition occurs when the skulls plates, which are only loosely connected in babies, fuse together too early

On the mend: Last week, Dove underwent a successful surgery to repair the condition, and she seemed happy and responsive on Mondauy

On the mend: Last week, Dove underwent a successful surgery to repair the condition, and she seemed happy and responsive on Mondauy

Though Dove’s condition was the most serious of her children, her daughter Slate had an injury of her own back in May after she accidentally cut off the tip of her middle finger.

‘[Slate] amputated the tip of her finger. … I’m still at a loss of words on how crazy it was,’ Teddie revealed on her Teddi Tea podcast.

She said she didn’t initially realize anything was wrong because her daughter was ‘silent’ and didn’t show signs that she was in pain or hurt.

‘I walked back into the house and she was just sitting there silent and I’m like, “What’s up?” She didn’t cry or anything, so I thought the door slammed, that she had already gotten in. And she was like, “Mom,” and then I saw her finger on the floor. And I was like, “Holy crap.”‘

Contrary to popular belief, the severed finger tip wasn’t supposed to be put on ice, but doctors still weren’t able to successfully reattach the tissue, so Slate had to resort to skin grafts. 

Painful: Though Dove's condition was the most serious of her children, her daughter Slate had an injury of her own back in May after she accidentally cut off the tip of her middle finger

Painful: Though Dove’s condition was the most serious of her children, her daughter Slate had an injury of her own back in May after she accidentally cut off the tip of her middle finger

Bad news: Contrary to popular belief, the severed finger tip wasn't supposed to be put on ice, but doctors weren't able to save the tissue, so Slate had to resort to skin grafts

Bad news: Contrary to popular belief, the severed finger tip wasn’t supposed to be put on ice, but doctors weren’t able to save the tissue, so Slate had to resort to skin grafts

Feeling dizzy after standing up may indicate dementia risk

Feeling dizzy after you stand up may be a predictor of dementia in later life, a study has claimed. 

The complaint is caused by orthostatic hypotension, a form of low blood pressure that happens when you stand up.

Researchers at the University of California found people who suffered the problem were up to 40 per cent more likely to develop disease.

But the risk was only higher for people who had drops in systolic blood pressure, not diastolic.  

The experts followed more than 2,000 people over the age of 70 for 12 years to see how the condition affected the risk of dementia.    

Researchers suggested the temporary lack of blood flow to the brain can cause cognitive function to decline over time.

People who suffer dizziness when they stand up could be up to 40 per cent more likely to develop dementia, according to the research (stock)

Blood pressure is written as two numbers; The first number is the systolic pressure. This is the pressure in the arteries when the heart beats and fills them with blood. 

The second number is the diastolic pressure, which is the pressure in the arteries when the heart rests between beats.

When a person stands up from sitting or lying down, the body must work to adjust to that change in position. 

WHAT IS DEMENTIA? 

Dementia is an umbrella term used to describe a range of progressive neurological disorders, that is, conditions affecting the brain.

There are many different types of dementia, of which Alzheimer’s disease is the most common.

Some people may have a combination of types of dementia.

Regardless of which type is diagnosed, each person will experience their dementia in their own unique way.

Dementia is a global concern but it is most often seen in wealthier countries, where people are likely to live into very old age.

HOW MANY PEOPLE ARE AFFECTED?

The Alzheimer’s Society reports there are more than 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK today, of which more than 500,000 have Alzheimer’s.

It is estimated that the number of people living with dementia in the UK by 2025 will rise to over 1 million.

In the US, it’s estimated there are 5.5 million Alzheimer’s sufferers. A similar percentage rise is expected in the coming years.

As a person’s age increases, so does the risk of them developing dementia.

Rates of diagnosis are improving but many people with dementia are thought to still be undiagnosed.

IS THERE A CURE?

Currently there is no cure for dementia.

But new drugs can slow down its progression and the earlier it is spotted the more effective treatments are.

Source: Dementia UK 

If the body fails to push blood upward and supply the brain with oxygen, blood pressure falls and a person may feel lightheaded or even pass out. 

Orthostatic hypotension (OH) — also called postural hypotension — is the term used to describe this.

As people get older, their major arteries get stiffer, which can means blood circulation isn’t as optimum as it once was. It’s thought this may be why problems like OH tend to be more common in the elderly. 

The problem is thought to affect around five per cent of people younger than 50. But up to 20 per cent of people ages 70. 

Only around two per cent of those affected suffer serious symptoms, such as dizziness, blurry vision and nausea.

The study by the University of California enrolled people of an average age of 73 who did not already have dementia.

Their blood pressure was measured when they were sitting down and then again after they stood up three times over the course of five years.

According to the American Academy of Neurology, the formal diagnosis of OH requires a 20mm Hg drop in systolic blood pressure or a 10mm Hg drop in diastolic blood pressure within three minutes of standing. 

In this study, OH was defined as a fall of more than 15mm in systolic or more than 7mm in diastolic blood pressure because the participants were older.

A total of 15 per cent had orthostatic hypotension – when both types of blood pressure fell – on at least one of the visits.

Nine per cent had systolic orthostatic hypotension and 6.2 per cent had diastolic orthostatic hypotension on at least one of the visits. 

Over 12 years, the participants were evaluated to see if anyone developed dementia. 

A total of 462 people, or 22 per cent, developed the memory-robbing disease that affects an estimated 850,000 people in the UK and 5.7million in the US.

The people with systolic OH were 37 per cent more likely to develop dementia than those who did not have the condition, after adjusting for other factors that could affect their risk, such as diabetes, smoking and alcohol use.

Diastolic OH was not significantly linked with increased risk of dementia, however. 

People with systolic OH were also divided into three groups based on how much their readings changed over time.

The findings, published in the journal of the American Academy, Neurology, show those whose readings changed the most were more likely to get dementia. 

A total of 24 per cent of people in the group with the most fluctuation in systolic readings later developed dementia, compared to 19 per cent of the people in the group with the least fluctuation.

It means those in the highest group were 35 per cent more likely to develop dementia than those in the lowest group, after adjusting for other dementia risk factors. 

The study author Dr Laure Rouch said: ‘People’s blood pressure when they move from sitting to standing should be monitored. 

‘It’s possible that controlling these blood pressure drops could be a promising way to help preserve people’s thinking and memory skills as they age.’ 

The causes of dementia are not well understood, but it is known that factors like blood pressure, blood flow to the brain and cardiovascular health are linked to the risk of dementia – particularly vascular dementia.

In people with vascular dementia, brain scans often show up small areas of stroke where the brain has been starved of oxygen.

The latest study adds more weight to the theory that in order to maintain a healthy brain, it needs constant blood flow to supply cells with crucial oxygen. 

But it did not make any distinctions between the type of dementia participants were diagnosed with, either Alzheimer’s disease or vascular dementia.  

And the research was only observational, which means it cannot prove that feeling dizzy is linked with getting dementia.

Only a link between the two conditions was found – but it is not the first time it has been made.

Researchers in Holland also found link between blood pressure drops on standing and the chances of getting dementia. However, only 13 per cent with the condition said they suffered dizziness.

Orthostatic hypotension has also been recognised as a red flag for heart disease.

Researchers led by Harvard found that people with OH had a higher risk of future heart attack, heart failure, and stroke than those without the condition after tracking more than 9,000 middle-aged adults for two decades.  

UK’s coronavirus death toll could have topped 100,000 if we didn’t stay at home, study suggests 

More than 100,000 people could have died from coronavirus in Britain if ministers didn’t tell people to stay at home, research suggests.

Dozens of countries have been forced to tell people to stay home and close shops in a bid to stop the Covid-19 pandemic. 

Scientists in California have now estimated how stay-at-home policies curbed death tolls across the US.

They claimed deaths would have been twice as high had officials not introduced the drastic policies to control spiralling coronavirus outbreaks.

Under the same maths, it would suggest that Britain – which adopted blanket stay-at-home guidance during the darkest days of the crisis – would have had up to 105,300 victims.

Department of Health figures show the current laboratory-confirmed Covid-19 death toll stands at 46,413. Other statistical estimates say the number of victims is around the 65,000 mark.  

Researchers in the US said Covid-19 deaths would have been twice as high in March and April had officials not introduced ‘stay at home’ mandates. Applied to the UK and US now, it means without lockdowns, the US could have seen 367,000 deaths and the UK 105,300

Researchers compared data on changes in travel and mobility during March and April (pictured) and compared it to hospital data. The data came from Unacast, which receives location data from millions of mobile devices, which showed how distances travelled, non-essential visits, and human encounters dropped. The 'first and last mandate' is when the first and last states gave stay at home orders

Researchers compared data on changes in travel and mobility during March and April (pictured) and compared it to hospital data. The data came from Unacast, which receives location data from millions of mobile devices, which showed how distances travelled, non-essential visits, and human encounters dropped. The ‘first and last mandate’ is when the first and last states gave stay at home orders

To look at the effects of the stay-at-home mandates in US states, the researchers collected data on mobility and how it had dropped since Covid-19 arrived.

The data came from Unacast, which receives location data from millions of mobile devices through apps, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth connections.

The experts estimated changes in travel activity and social distancing ‘per square kilometer by day and by state’, relative to what it was pre-Covid-19.  

They also looked at how these things changed when the ‘stay at home order’ was implemented by each state – some earlier than others.

After lockdowns, the team estimated travel reduced by seven percentage points, visits to non-essential businesses by 2.1, and human interactions by 3.5.

WHAT DO OTHER STUDIES SAY ABOUT LOCKDOWN SUCCESS?

Another study from University of East Anglia suggested draconian stay-at-home orders and shutting all non-essential businesses had little effect on fighting coronavirus in Europe.

But the same scientists discovered closing schools and banning all mass gatherings did work in slowing outbreaks across the continent. 

Other leading scientists have claimed Britain’s COVID-19 outbreak peaked and started to decline before the official lockdown began, arguing that Number 10’s drastic policy to shut the UK down was wrong. 

However, some studies directly contradict the theory that lockdown was pointless.

A scientific paper from Imperial University in London published in June found lockdown likely saved almost half a million lives in the UK alone.

Coronavirus lockdowns across Europe probably prevented up to three million Covid-related deaths, the team led by Professor Neil Ferguson found.

The UK, Germany, Spain, France and Italy each dodged up to 500,000 coronavirus deaths or more because of their draconian policies, the team estimated.

A separate study also published in June suggested around 500million Covid-19 cases were prevented by lockdowns in six countries, including the US.

A study of 149 countries suggested earlier lockdown restrictions slashed the number of Covid-19 cases. 

Researchers measured how numbers of Covid-19 cases changed over the course of the pandemic and whether they dropped in the days following strict rules.

Physical distancing measures such as closure of schools, workplaces and public transport, a ban on mass gatherings, and full-scale lockdowns led to a larger reduction in cases when they were implemented early than late – 14 per cent compared with 10 per cent. 

It took an average of nine days for countries to recommend social distancing once the first case was detected there. But some countries took far longer.

Britain was one of the slowest to introduce the life-saving lockdown measures along with Thailand, Australia and Canada. 

It took 45 days from the first reported case, on January 31, for Prime Minister Boris Johnson to advise social distancing on March 16. The full lockdown didn’t come for another week, starting on March 23.

Cases shrunk by 17 per cent as a result, which was higher than the average but low compared to fast-reacting Andorra where cases dropped by 36 per cent.  

All these estimations were compared with rates of hospitalisations and deaths due to Covid-19 per state per day.

This came from the COVID Tracking Project (CVT), considered the most up-to-date and reliable log of hospital activity in America during the pandemic.   

The study period only covered the period of March and April – the first couple of months Covid-19 spread in the US and UK. 

The findings show lockdowns led to 0.13 to 0.16 fewer deaths per day per 100,000 people – around 48 per cent lower had it not come into place. 

Across 43 states that adopted the ‘stay at home message’, this represented 23,300 to 30,100 fewer deaths and roughly one million averted hospitalisations. 

For the average state with a population of 6.8million, the models predicts some 543 to 701 deaths were averted during the two-month period.

Considering the death toll over these states was 55,922 by the end of April, it suggests the death toll for the first wave would have been 1.86 to 2.27 times higher than what it would have been without the measures.   

Add in the effects of social distancing and less travel before lockdowns were imposed, an estimated 48,000 to 71,000 deaths were averted in total, the researchers said.

But applying the findings to the whole of the US, which had 62,547 deaths by the end of April, it suggests even more lives could have been saved. 

The death toll could have reached 116,300 to 142,000, the findings suggest.  

The US death toll is now 161,729 – the highest in the world. But had Americans never been told to ‘stay at home’, the findings suggest Covid-19 could have killed up to 367,000 by now.

A handful of more rural states — Arkansas, Iowa, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota — governors held off on imposing stay-at-home orders. California was the first state to adopt the policy in mid-March.

Meanwhile in the UK, all citizens were told by Prime Minister Boris Johnson to ‘stay at home’ on March 23. This was changed in May to ‘stay alert’ as lockdown measurements were slowly lifted.  

Applying the researchers’ findings to the UK, it means the death toll could have been twice as high as what it was at the end of April.

By April 30, the Covid-19 death toll was 26,771 – but it could have as bad as 49,700 to 60,600.

The current UK death toll currently sits around that region, statistics show.  

While the Department of Health count some 46,000 deaths across the four nations based on positive Covid-19 tests, statistical bodies count around 65,000 based on death certificates.

Therefore, to this point, some 105,300 people could have died – an additional 59,000 lives, based on the paper’s claims for the US.  

However, the mobility data and hospitalisations and deaths due to Covid-19 would have been different to the US, so it is not clear how well the model fits the UK. 

The authors of the paper, led by James Sears, a PhD candidate at University of California, wrote: ‘Our estimates suggest that residents subject to stay-at-home mandates on average responded as desired to curb the spread of COVID-19. 

‘Our results provide preliminary evidence that the changes in social distancing and travel behavior induced by statewide mandates likely played an important role in flattening COVID-19 epidemic curves in adopting states.’

The paper was published on the website MedRxiv, meaning it has not been reviewed by other scientists yet. 

Some scientists do not believe that lockdown had any affect on the number of Covid-19 fatalities. 

A recent study claimed whether a country was locked down or not was ‘not associated’ with death rate. 

But other scientists have been adamant the lockdown was necessary, and was so important it should have been enforced in Britain weeks before it was on March 23. 

Professor Neil Ferguson – the academic whose work led to Britain’s lockdown – says the lockdown likely saved almost half a million lives in the UK alone. 

His team at Imperial University in London found coronavirus lockdowns across Europe probably prevented up to three million Covid-related deaths.

‘Professor Lockdown’ has also conceded that, in hindsight, tens of thousands of lives could have been saved if the lockdown had come a week earlier. 

A separate study also published in June suggested around 500million Covid-19 cases were prevented by lockdowns in six countries, including the US. 

A TIMELINE OF THE UK’S COVID-19 LOCKDOWN

February 28: Virus started spreading uncontrollably in Britain, according to the World Health Organization. 

March 3: Government and NHS officially launched campaign urging people to wash their hands more often.

March 12: Anyone who developed a fever or a new cough, regardless of whether they got tested for COVID-19, was told to self-isolate for two weeks. 

March 13: The London Marathon, set to take place on April 26, was rescheduled for October 4. 

England’s top tier of football – the Premier League – is suspended.

March 16: Social distancing begins: 

  • Public were told to avoid contact with people outside of their homes, to work from home where possible, and to only take essential travel, such as to and from work or medical appointments. 
  • Pubs and restaurants are not forced to close but people are encouraged to avoid them.
  • Likewise, the Government refused to ban large gatherings and sports events but said police and ambulances would no longer be provided for them. 

March 16: A report by the Imperial College COVID-19 Response Team, headed by Professor Neil Ferguson, published a report warning that 250,000 people could die if no lockdown was introduced.

The Royal Shakespeare Company shuts productions.

March 17: The Royal Albert Hall in London is closed until further notice.

March 18: Glastonbury Festival 2020 – scheduled for the summer – was cancelled.  

The British Museum and the Design Museum are closed until further notice. 

March 20: Major businesses were ordered to close immediately, including gyms, leisure centres, pubs, cafes, restaurants, theatres and cinemas.

March 23: Full lockdown introduced:

  • In a speech to the nation Prime Minister Boris Johnson urged everyone to stay at home unless necessary, only leaving to shop, to go to medical appointments or to exercise once per day. 
  • Gatherings of people were banned, regardless of size, and people prohibited from mixing with others outside of their household.
  • Everyone was told to work from home if possible. Many non-essential workers were forced to stop working if they couldn’t do it from home. 
  • Schools shut their doors except to the children of essential workers. 

March 24: All non-essential businesses, including clothing shops and hairdressers, were ordered to close. 

Jennifer Garner and Bradley Cooper enjoy Malibu beach date

They had sizzling on-screen chemistry when they starred alongside each other in her hit TV show Alias between 2001 to 2006.

And it seems Jennifer Garner and Bradley Cooper have managed to maintain a close friendship ever since. 

Jennifer, 48, who has reportedly split with her CEO boyfriend John Miller, was pictured with Bradley, 45, in Malibu, California on Tuesday, enjoying a beach playdate with the actor and his three-year-old daughter Lea De Seine. 

Reunited! Former Alias co-stars Jennifer Garner enjoys beach playdate with Bradley Cooper and his daughter Lea in Malibu… as it’s revealed she’s split from boyfriend John Miller

Both Bradley and Jennifer – who played best friends and sometimes lovers Will Tippin and Sydney Bristow on the ABC spy show – were all smiles as they built sandcastles with his daughter, whom he shares with his supermodel ex Irina Shayk, 34. 

The duo looked extremely happy to be in one another’s company, with Bradley showing off his muscled physique in just swimshorts, while Jennifer opted for a more casual outfit. 

There also appeared to be a dose of flirty fun going on as Bradley began doing some exercises in front of his former co-star, showing off his buff bod in the sun.   

Building sandcastles: Jennifer, 48, played with Bradley's three-year-old daughter as he caught some rays

Building sandcastles: Jennifer, 48, played with Bradley’s three-year-old daughter as he caught some rays

Flirty fun? Bradley couldn't resist doing a few work out moves in front of Jen, as he flexed his buff body in the sun

Flirty fun? Bradley couldn’t resist doing a few work out moves in front of Jen, as he flexed his buff body in the sun

Enjoying the view: Bradley showed off his impressive physique in front of Jen

Enjoying the view: Bradley showed off his impressive physique in front of Jen

Pecs appeal: Bradley displayed his muscular physique while enjoying a beach playdate with Jen

Pecs appeal: Bradley displayed his muscular physique while enjoying a beach playdate with Jen

Close: The duo appeared to be all smiles as they enjoyed their day out together

Close: The duo appeared to be all smiles as they enjoyed their day out together

They’re both now currently single, with Jennifer no longer with ex John, who founded the tech company Cali Group in 2011, according to a Thursday report by InTouch.

‘They split up before L.A. went into lockdown [from COVID-19],’ a source told the outlet. ‘Jen and John remain on friendly terms so there’s a possibility that they could rekindle their relationship in the future, but right now it’s over.’

Meanwhile, Bradley hasn’t been seriously linked to anyone since his split from Irina last year. 

Both single: Jen recently split with ex John Miller, while Bradley hasn't been romantically linked to anyone since Irina Shayk

Both single: Jen recently split with ex John Miller, while Bradley hasn’t been romantically linked to anyone since Irina Shayk

Cozy: The pair seemed to be in deep conversation as they enjoyed their reunion

Cozy: The pair seemed to be in deep conversation as they enjoyed their reunion

Family: Jen happily mucked in with family duties as she played with Bradley's daughter

Family: Jen happily mucked in with family duties as she played with Bradley’s daughter

Cleaning up: Jen appeared to be gathering their things as they left the beach

Cleaning up: Jen appeared to be gathering their things as they left the beach

The pair have fought off rumors in the past that there was something romantic between them, though neither of them have ever officially made a comment. 

Jennifer’s divorce to Ben Affleck was finalized in 2018, nearly three years after the couple separated and almost a decade into their marriage. They wed on the beach in 2005 after he split from Jennifer Lopez.

Ben, 47, and Jennifer share co-parenting responsibilities of their three children: Violet, 14, Seraphina, 11, and Samuel, eight. 

Cute ensemble: Jennifer looked stylish in a short blue skirt and a pair of Gucci sneakers

Cute ensemble: Jennifer looked stylish in a short blue skirt and a pair of Gucci sneakers

In good spirits: The pair appeared to be engaged in a deep conversation as they relaxed by the ocean

In good spirits: The pair appeared to be engaged in a deep conversation as they relaxed by the ocean

Jennifer’s ex Ben is now in a new relationship with Knives Out star Ana de Armas who has been very affectionate with in public. 

Ben has also introduced Ana to his children and the group have been regularly spotted out together.  

Jennifer’s exes include ex-husband Scott Foley (2000 to 2004) and Michael Vartan (2003 to 2004). 

Close: Bradley and Jennifer pictured together at Paris Fashion Week in 2016

Close: Bradley and Jennifer pictured together at Paris Fashion Week in 2016

In it together: The pair played best friends/sometimes lovers Will Tippin and Sydney Bristow on the ABC spy show Alias

In it together: The pair played best friends/sometimes lovers Will Tippin and Sydney Bristow on the ABC spy show Alias

Jennifer poured praise on Bradley before he went to the Oscars last year, where he was nominated for his role in A Star Is Born. ‘I taught him everything he knows,’ Jennifer said cheekily.

‘Happy Birthday, Bradley. Go get em tomorrow. We are all so proud of you.’ 

Bradley was nominated for Best Actor at the 2019 Academy Awards, though he lost out on the trophy to Rami Malek.  

Done? Ben Affleck's ex-wife Jennifer Garner has reportedly split from her boyfriend of almost two years, John Miller

Biz minded: John, who founded the tech company Cali Group in 2011, has not been seen with the 13 Going On 30 in almost a year

Done? Jennifer Garner has reportedly split from her boyfriend of almost two years, John Miller

Her ex: Jen's divorce to Ben Affleck was finalized nearly three years after the couple separated and almost a decade into their marriage

His past: Also there was Bradley's daughter, Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper, whom he had with his supermodel ex Irina Shayk. Seen in January 2019

Their past: Bradley with his supermodel ex Irina Shayk in January 2019 (right) while Jen’s divorce to Ben Affleck was finalized nearly three years after the couple separated and almost a decade into their marriage

As well as Alias, Jennifer and Bradley also shared the screen together in 2010 when they both appeared in the romantic comedy Valentine’s Day and they also made an appearance at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards show. 

In 2018, Jennifer lovingly ‘roasted’ Bradley in a heartwarming tribute to the actor at the 32nd Annual Cinematheque Awards, gushing: ‘There is something about people who are the same in success and failure that makes us love them.’ 

Showing her comfortable she is with the star, Jennifer adorably poked fun at his bleached blonde hair in Alias, calling it ‘repellent to American women’ and compared him to looking like a ‘stray dog’ at the event. 

‘Those of us who knew him then celebrated his victories big and small,’ she told the crowd. ‘There is something about people who are the same in success and failure that makes us love them and tells us we know the very heart of them. I know the heart and stomach of Bradley Cooper.’

‘Bradley, what’s happening to you now is a pure joy to those who know you, especially to those of us who’ve known you from the start,’ she told him. ‘It turns out you weren’t just handsome all along. You were also a wonder, and you are welcome at my table anytime.’ 

She added, ‘St. Augustine said, Nothing bad can happen to a man who is loved by his mother, and Gloria loves Bradley.’

In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Jennifer admitted that she took Bradley under her wing when they first started working together on Alias. 

Sexy! In this old Access Hollywood clip from around 2006, Jennifer jokes that she and Bradley had been 'making out' behind-the-scenes of the show, after calling his fake mustache 'sexy' but that it 'tickled her lip'

Sexy! In this old Access Hollywood clip from around 2006, Jennifer jokes that she and Bradley had been ‘making out’ behind-the-scenes of the show, after calling his fake mustache ‘sexy’ but that it ‘tickled her lip’

‘I took him home and made him dinner,’ she revealed, adding: ‘I’m still making him dinner.’

The pair clearly had a ball working together on Alias, and displayed their closeness when they were interviewed around 2006 on Access Hollywood. 

Giggling together throughout the interview, at one point Jennifer is seen pawing over Bradley and grabbing his fake mustache which she calls ‘very sexy… except it tickles my lips’ which seemed to make him smile. 

When the interview jumps in and asks if the two characters ‘will be making out’ in the episode, Jennifer quips immediately: ‘No, we’ve just been making out’ as she points to Bradley with a smirk. 

Game for a laugh, Bradley then responds saying their supposed ‘make out’ session was all part of a ‘relaxation’ technique that he learned. 

‘Bradley Cooper is the Brad Pitt of Alias,’ Jennifer then added, clearly enjoying teasing the actor. ‘No, you know there’s nothing better, and the whole crew would agree with me, when Bradley comes back [to the show].’ 

Jennifer Garner enjoys flirty beach fun with eligible bachelor Bradley Cooper

They had sizzling on-screen chemistry when they starred alongside each other in her hit TV show Alias between 2001 to 2006.

And it seems Jennifer Garner and Bradley Cooper have managed to maintain a close friendship ever since. 

Jennifer, 48, who has reportedly split with her CEO boyfriend John Miller, was pictured with Bradley, 45, in Malibu, California on Tuesday, enjoying a beach playdate with the actor and his three-year-old daughter Lea De Seine. 

Reunited! Former Alias co-stars Jennifer Garner enjoys beach playdate with Bradley Cooper and his daughter Lea in Malibu… as it’s revealed she’s split from boyfriend John Miller

Both Bradley and Jennifer – who played best friends and sometimes lovers Will Tippin and Sydney Bristow on the ABC spy show – were all smiles as they built sandcastles with his daughter, whom he shares with his supermodel ex Irina Shayk, 34. 

The duo looked extremely happy to be in one another’s company, with Bradley showing off his muscled physique in just swimshorts, while Jennifer opted for a more casual outfit. 

There also appeared to be a dose of flirty fun going on as Bradley began doing some exercises in front of his former co-star, showing off his buff bod in the sun.   

Building sandcastles: Jennifer, 48, played with Bradley's three-year-old daughter as he caught some rays

Building sandcastles: Jennifer, 48, played with Bradley’s three-year-old daughter as he caught some rays

Flirty fun? Bradley couldn't resist doing a few work out moves in front of Jen, as he flexed his buff body in the sun

Flirty fun? Bradley couldn’t resist doing a few work out moves in front of Jen, as he flexed his buff body in the sun

Enjoying the view: Bradley showed off his impressive physique in front of Jen

Enjoying the view: Bradley showed off his impressive physique in front of Jen

Pecs appeal: Bradley displayed his muscular physique while enjoying a beach playdate with Jen

Pecs appeal: Bradley displayed his muscular physique while enjoying a beach playdate with Jen

Close: The duo appeared to be all smiles as they enjoyed their day out together

Close: The duo appeared to be all smiles as they enjoyed their day out together

They’re both now currently single, with Jennifer no longer with ex John, who founded the tech company Cali Group in 2011, according to a Thursday report by InTouch.

‘They split up before L.A. went into lockdown [from COVID-19],’ a source told the outlet. ‘Jen and John remain on friendly terms so there’s a possibility that they could rekindle their relationship in the future, but right now it’s over.’

Meanwhile, Bradley hasn’t been seriously linked to anyone since his split from Irina last year. 

Both single: Jen recently split with ex John Miller, while Bradley hasn't been romantically linked to anyone since Irina Shayk

Both single: Jen recently split with ex John Miller, while Bradley hasn’t been romantically linked to anyone since Irina Shayk

Cozy: The pair seemed to be in deep conversation as they enjoyed their reunion

Cozy: The pair seemed to be in deep conversation as they enjoyed their reunion

Family: Jen happily mucked in with family duties as she played with Bradley's daughter

Family: Jen happily mucked in with family duties as she played with Bradley’s daughter

Cleaning up: Jen appeared to be gathering their things as they left the beach

Cleaning up: Jen appeared to be gathering their things as they left the beach

The pair have fought off rumors in the past that there was something romantic between them, though neither of them have ever officially made a comment. 

Jennifer’s divorce to Ben Affleck was finalized in 2018, nearly three years after the couple separated and almost a decade into their marriage. They wed on the beach in 2005 after he split from Jennifer Lopez.

Ben, 47, and Jennifer share co-parenting responsibilities of their three children: Violet, 14, Seraphina, 11, and Samuel, eight.

Close: Bradley and Jennifer pictured together at Paris Fashion Week in 2016

Close: Bradley and Jennifer pictured together at Paris Fashion Week in 2016

Attraction: They had sizzling on-screen chemistry when they starred alongside each other in her hit TV show Alias between 2001 to 2006

Attraction: They had sizzling on-screen chemistry when they starred alongside each other in her hit TV show Alias between 2001 to 2006

In it together: The pair played best friends/sometimes lovers Will Tippin and Sydney Bristow on the ABC spy show Alias

In it together: The pair played best friends/sometimes lovers Will Tippin and Sydney Bristow on the ABC spy show Alias

Jennifer’s ex Ben is now in a new relationship with Knives Out star Ana de Armas who has been very affectionate with in public. 

Ben has also introduced Ana to his children and the group have been regularly spotted out together.  

Jennifer’s exes include ex-husband Scott Foley (2000 to 2004) and Michael Vartan (2003 to 2004).  

Done? Ben Affleck's ex-wife Jennifer Garner has reportedly split from her boyfriend of almost two years, John Miller

Biz minded: John, who founded the tech company Cali Group in 2011, has not been seen with the 13 Going On 30 in almost a year

Done? Jennifer Garner has reportedly split from her boyfriend of almost two years, John Miller

Jennifer poured praise on Bradley before he went to the Oscars last year, where he was nominated for his role in A Star Is Born. ‘I taught him everything he knows,’ Jennifer said cheekily.

‘Happy Birthday, Bradley. Go get em tomorrow. We are all so proud of you.’ 

Bradley was nominated for Best Actor at the 2019 Academy Awards, though he lost out on the trophy to Rami Malek. 

As well as Alias, Jennifer and Bradley also shared the screen together in 2010 when they both appeared in the romantic comedy Valentine’s Day and they also made an appearance at the 2013 Screen Actors Guild Awards show. 

In 2018, Jennifer lovingly ‘roasted’ Bradley in a heartwarming tribute to the actor at the 32nd Annual Cinematheque Awards, gushing: ‘There is something about people who are the same in success and failure that makes us love them.’ 

His past: Also there was Bradley's daughter, Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper, whom he had with his supermodel ex Irina Shayk. Seen in January 2019

His past: Also there was Bradley’s daughter, Lea De Seine Shayk Cooper, whom he had with his supermodel ex Irina Shayk. Seen in January 2019

Her ex: Jen's divorce to Ben Affleck was finalized nearly three years after the couple separated and almost a decade into their marriage

Her ex: Jen’s divorce to Ben Affleck was finalized nearly three years after the couple separated and almost a decade into their marriage